I have a confession to make. I’d never watched a book trailer until today. I’ve not really understood the excitement over book trailers, but I decided I needed to see for myself. So, I watched several random book trailers of books I had read, and some I had not read. Book trailers aren’t my thing. To me, when I read a book, the descriptions that I read are what paint a picture in my head of the setting, characters, and events in the story. Painting this picture is a big part of what makes reading so enjoyable. I don’t like going into a book with a preconceived picture in my head of what the characters look like. Or the house, or the forest, or whatever. I know that sometimes a setting is familiar – a place I’ve been or something, and that’s OK. It just helps me re-live my visit to that place. But I much prefer to not have pictures in my brain of the elements of the book before I read it.
This is also the reason I don’t watch the movie before I read the book. I don’t like to picture the scenes from the movie when I’m reading. I like to draw those pictures myself.
For example, every time I read an Alex Cross (James Patterson) novel, I picture Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross because Morgan Freeman played this character in a couple of movies. Kiss the Girls (the movie) was created 14 years ago, and Morgan Freeman was older than the character was then, so he’s really old now (sorry, I love this actor, but he is aging just like the rest of us.) Now they say Idris Elba is going to play Alex Cross for the next movie. I don’t know if my brain can handle that. I want to figure out what James Patterson wanted Alex Cross to look like—to late for that, in this case.
Another thing I noticed is that some trailers tell me pretty much the entire story of the book. Why read it? I’m very careful about reading summaries on blog posts, whether written by the blog author or from someplace like Goodreads. I just think many times they give away too much of the plot. I just basically want to know “it’s about angels and there’s some romance,” or, “It’s a funny, cute, light hearted book about coming of age.” And then, I want to read the parts of the review about what was liked or not liked.
For me, if it’s a movie, I want to watch the trailer. If it’s a book, I want to read the flap and hopefully read some reviews. Why do you watch book trailers? What am I missing?
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